Wineweek 63: End of January

All is well in the kingdom of Sweden. The ice age has passed and the snow melted. Perhaps it is too early to wish for the cold not to return. We have all February left. However nice with the warm spell. This week has been very weak with wine, but at least I have something to report from yesterday’s visit to Spritmuseum’s talked about restaurant.

We had really looked forward to the dinner. Spritmuseum’s restaurant had received excellent review not only for the food, but the wine list and service as well. It is one of those places that is whispered to be up for a star. I really hope not, because it wasn’t a great at all. Why? I will start with what was almost worst for me: the wine glasses were horrible. You know these small, thick, shapeless glasses that they have in cheap restaurants and on the partyboat. Yes, they murdered my lovely aperitif, a glass of Laherte Freres blanc de blanc by serving it from those. I eyed the glasses more closely and saw that they were Spiegelau. Probably the restaurant was thinking retro when they chose them, but then they should have explained the concept. Now the glasses were just there without any story or purpose destroying my wine-experience.

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Spritmuseum entrance
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A nature wine from Loire
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Gluten free bread
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The glasses that bothered me all evening
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Goat cheese with cream and cookie

Secondly the dinner lasted four hours. We had an eight-course tasting menu, served two courses per hour. So we always had to wait 30 min in between. The food was ok, but nothing ground breaking. And some dishes were actually plain bad, like the yeast soufflé with algae powder. Third, the service was very un-attentive. Not rude, but basically no apologies for the food taking so long or no questions after half of our party hardly touched the yeast soufflé. I am sure this is all slightly worse because of our high expectations, but still Spritmuseum is definitely not star quality. I think M was still mumbling in the morning how he just can’t get over the poor experience. I will write more about the food and wine next week. Now I will just post some pictures.

We have also started a new Sunday tradition: early lunch at Ringens new food court – Teatern. It is probably the hottest new thing in town. There are about eight small restaurants where you can fetch food, including ramen, hot dogs, Vietnamese Bahn Mi, and Korean. Most of the restaurants are run by very prominent names in the Swedish food scene: Magnus Nilsson (Fäviken), Stefano Catenacci (Operakällaren) and Adam and Albin (Matstudio). It is wonderful to be able to buy a hot dog from the kitchen of a two starred chef for less than 3 euros.

Next week M will finally give up his wine-strike, and we will visit Friday champagne at our cellar. The wine of the week is Perrier Jouet. I will also be visiting the Winery Hotel, an urban winery and hotel here in Stockholm. Below some food-porn from Teatern and the Dom Perignon tasting last week.

Wishing you a good coming week!

xx Soile

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Bahn Mi from Nook Market at Teatern
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Three small courses from Stefano Catenacci
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Teatern still empty at 11am
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Dom Perignon tasting at the cellar

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